Romantic, raucous and razor-sharp, the Hamletof Shakespeare comedies strikes hilarious chords even as it reveals timeless truths about love, change and acceptance. The men have returned victorious from war, but the merry sparring — and sparks — between Benedick the stubborn bachelor and self-assured Beatrice have just begun. A war of weapons followed by a witty war of words, Much Ado balances ingeniously on the knife edge between comedy and tragedy.
Directed by Jim Helsinger, producing artistic director, Orlando Shakespeare Festival
In a country at war, Othello the Moor—played by Emmy Award-winning actor Peter Macon—commands with nobility of spirit, drawing strength from his bold and beautiful wife, Desdemona. But he has placed his trust in one of Shakespeare’s most sinister villains, Iago (CSF favorite Geoffrey Kent) who would sow seeds of doubt and destruction in the garden of their love.
To believe or not to believe? That is the question when Prince Hamlet, a dazed-and-confused senior at Wittenberg University, circa 1517, is caught in the crossfire between two giants of philosophy — and ego — the freethinking skeptic Dr. Faustus and stuffy, guilt-ridden Martin Luther. Punny, funny, brainy and zany, David Davalos’ ingenious mashup is equal parts Tom Stoppard, campus caper and metaphysical mind-trip. Colorado premiere.
England’s crown rests on the head of the once wild and undisciplined acolyte of Falstaff, Prince Hal, now a wise and noble monarch leading his country into war with France. Rousing and cinematic in scope, Henry V raises compelling questions about leadership in a troubled world that powerfully echoes our own. With this production, CSF completes the four-play Henriad history cycle begun in 2013.
Directed by Carolyn Howarth, director of CSF’s critically acclaimed 2014 production of Henry IV, Part 1.
Back by popular demand, CSF presents two exclusive, “original practices” performances of Henry VI, Part 1, the rarely produced saga of Henry V’s son. Last seen onstage at CSF in 1967, the play features one of Shakespeare’s most intriguing females, Joan of Arc.